Local Coalition Earns National Recognition
Local Coalition Earns National Recoginition With Local Charter
SOJwJ recent approval for charter application to the National
Board validates the more than two years SOJwJ has worked in the Rogue Valley in solidarity with other organizations to make an economic impact.
Begining with an explatory committee in 2005, SOJwJ followed the lead of other Jobs with Justice coalitions, including Central Oregon JwJ and
Eugene Springfield Solidarity Network (ESSN)
SOJwJ has recruited five community groups and five labor groups, over 100 organizational members and nearly 200 members returning pledge cards. In December 2006, SOJwJ was awarded a grant from the McKenzie River Group for use in organizing activities.
As stated on its website, SOJwJ’s mission is to improve working
people’s standard of living, fight for job security, and protect workers’ right to organize.
Whereas two organizations might disagree on principles, such as
emphasizing environment instead of labor or vice versa, coalitions unite organizations that disagree by agreeing on the spirit of principles.
Depending upon the philosophy that it takes more than individual effort to impact economic change, SOJwJ is a non-profit coalition of labor unions, student organizations, faith-based groups and other community organizations. SOJwJ’s Chair Wes Brain states, “A coalition like SOJwJ strengthens its participating organizations and facilitates economic change.”
Fighting for economic change is often an uphill battle. SOJwJ brings together labor unions, religious congregations, and community organizations to support the civil and economic rights of all working people – especially the right to a decent standard of living, the right to a stable job, and the right to organize.
Members of SOJwJ have marched with teachers from Rogue River School District during their strike, participated in Ashland’s Fourth of July Parade and organized two Anne Feeney benefit concerts.
SOJwJ holds its meetings the second Tuesday of every month, 7:00 PM at the Central Point Labor Temple.
the JOBS WITH JUSTICE PLEDGE
I’ll Be There…
…standing up for our rights as working people to a decent standard of living.
…supporting the right of all workers to organize and bargain collectively
…fighting for secure family-wage jobs in the face of corporate attacks on working people and our communities
…organizing the unorganized to take aggressive action to secure a better economic future for all of us.
…mobilizing those already organized to join the fight for jobs with justice.
During the next year, I WILL BE THERE at least five times for someone else’s fight, as well as my own.
If enough of us are there, we’ll all start winning.